Taconic from Hudson to NYC
Anyone know of the best spots to eat along this route?
You are correct, the Taconic doesn't go through or even particularly near Mt. Kisco. Good advice about the Rte. 6 (might also be called Rte. 32?) exit.
A little further south, I think just one exit southbound, is the exit called Peekskill Rte. 202. Going westbound, shortly on the left, there is a diner with unusually good food. Also on that stretch is Thyme, another place that various chowhounders have said good things about.
I agree with the Daily Planet diner although several items on the menu are actually better than acceptable and some are just okay ( kitschy astmosphere).. Easy on / off practically on top of the parkway... Also (don't laught) there is a gas station (shell I think) located right off the exit for 82 that has a surprisingly good independent deli inside housemade salads such as cole slaw, potato, macaroni, tuna...good fried chicken and curly fries, picnic tables outside... can make for an interesting potty break...Are you looking for a quick bite? Will you be eating in NYC?
1202 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Exits from North to South:
Salt Point Turnpike exit: If you're heading south on the Taconic on a Thursday or Friday evening, you might want to check out Wild Hive Bakery (http://wildhivefarm.com/blog/wild-hiv...).
Rt. 55W: Daily Planet is quite good. I like their Johnny Apple salad and their Mr. Wilson's Foccaccia...their sweet potato fries are also great. If you're going to be around Lagrangeville around 5-6, you can stop by Rae Rae's (https://www.facebook.com/raeraes2go) on the corner of Titusville and Rt. 55. Her food truck was recently covered in Hudson Valley magazine. She updates her daily specials on FB and Twitter. I really like her grilled chicken club wraps and fish tacos. Her truck is about five miles down Rt. 55 on the left side.
Rt. 82: Flory's Deli (the Mobil gas station deli) is very good for a quick pit stop.
Rt. 52: Aladdin's Cafe is in the Little Gym plaza. It's on the right side. Their chicken schwarmas are absolutely delicious. I also like their pastries and rice pudding. Peza, a modern Italian restaurant, is also there. I'm very picky about pizza and I think they're okay. They make specialty flatbread individual pies. You can also make a U-turn and head back up to Muscoot North on the Taconic. Their pizza is pretty good.
Rt. 84 (towards Newburgh): If you don't mind going 15-20 minutes off course, Main Street in Fishkill has several offerings: Toro (Korean-Japanese), Il Barilotto (Italian), Pamela's Java Hut (call ahead for hours), Tanjore (Indian), Golden Buddha (Thai). That's pretty out of the way for you, but I just wanted to throw that out there in case you weren't in too much of a rush.
1202 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Pamela's Java Hut
1097 Main St, Fishkill, NY 12524
150 Main St, Fishkill, NY 12524
992 Main St, Fishkill, NY 12524
985 Main St, Fishkill, NY 12524
Mt. Kisco is well off the Taconic and if you are going to drive there, then you can virtually go anywhere within a five-mile radius of the parkway. But... I think you want someplace closer to the road, so in addition to the previous replys (which were all very good) I'll throw in a few further South along the way.
MIllwood/Route 133 (btw, it is not called Echo Lake and never was) - Make a right at the light off the exit and drive two lights to the Millwood shopping center. You will have access to Tazza coffee for sandwiches and pasteries. Right behind Tazza in another small shopping center is Spacarelli's, an Italian place that you can go to for dinner. Across the street from the shopping center is Rocky's deli, which has pretty decent deli stuff,as well as some hot plates.
A few miles further South is the Pleasantville Road Exit - If you make a right, you'll go into Briarcliff Manor (less than a mile) , which has Amalfi's (Italian) and a sushi place (right next to Amalfi's) and a few other places (Paese and Orfino's) If you make a left off the exit and drive about two miles, you'll be in Pleasantville, which has a number dining establishments.
Of course, the number of places to choose from will be goverened by how far you want to travel off the parkway.